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Kin Khao
Kin Khao

Kin Khao Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.kinkhao.com
  • Phone: (415) 362-7456
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 1:00am
  • Cuisine: Thai, Californian, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Michael Gaines
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Late Night, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mason and Ellis
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: 2 blocks away from the Powell Bart station.
A word from Kin Khao
Kin Khao serves delicious Thai food that stays true to its origin, made with seasonal produce and sustainably raised or caught meats and seafood.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food was absolutely dynamic while being down home. The staff is extremely kind, knowledgeable and fun"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "This is one of the best Thai restaurants I've been to. Pros: - Excellent food. Very authentic, with particular attention to the spices so that eating almost any dish has multiple "layers" of taste. But yet modern -- not necessarily your "traditional" Thai food per se. - Small and intimate. - Modern, without feeling overly hip or trendy. - Friendly and helpful service. Cons: - Kind of difficult to find. It's in the Parc Wyndham 55 so it's address is on Cyril Magnin, but the front door is really on the corner of Mason and Ellis. This is a keeper. If you are in the Union Square area and want Thai food, this is great for pre or post theater dining. I will be back."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "This place was recommended by a friend, and we were not disappointed. The food was really good. The vegetarian pad kee mao was average, but everything else was amazing. We'll be back!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "The food was good, but the service was such a disappointment. It took 25 minutes for drinks to come out. Second round (which we ordered before any food came out) arrived after dinner. Our appetizers never came out. When the waiter brought out our main dishes, we asked about the starters and he said he was bringing them out with our mains because one diner in our party didn't order a starter, and he didn't want him to be left out - lol. The starters came about about 15 mins later. The waiter clearly did not know the menu. My partner has celiacs disease and is gluten intolerant. He clearly started this and asked the waiter which dishes were GF. He said the pork belly was GF, which arrived to our table in a soy sauce broth. Doubt I'll return."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Interesting, inventive and very tasty drinks. Good wine list for the spicy cuisine. Beware!! Some courses will be too hot for some palates. Wings are large, juicy and leave some serious heat lingering. Ribs are terrific but require a bold appreciation of the dry rub spices. The spicy fried green beans were not too hot and added your requisite veggies. AVOID the fried quail...over-battered globs with very little flavor. The pork belly entree was absolutely delish but after 4 previous dishes, was more food than we needed. We did not see a single peanut during this dinner which was just fine! San Franciscans: Drink Riesling and ONLY Riesling with hot spicy foods. (Beer and sake ok too) but absolutely do not dring red wines or chardonnays."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Wow, this is not your typical Thai restaurant. Every dish we had was amazing - fresh, super flavorful and original. The blistered green beans are a must. As are the clams and their take on drunken noodles. Our server (whose name escapes me, unfortunately) was fun, knowledgeable and very helpful, both with food and wine recommendations. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I went here on a Friday night at 9pm with a group of 4 friends. We all loved the food! It's definitely not your traditional thai restaurant. The food had a fun fancy California fusion to it, and it was ALL delicious!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Our waitress recommended the curries because "a lot of love was put into them." The beef cheek coconut curry was soooo rich and flavorful!!!! Definitely a lot of love! My group of 5 shared 7 dishes. So glad I was there with a group so I could try so many different flavors. Each dish had depth of flavor, but not repetitive of each other. I gave 4 stars for the food because I couldn't take off only 1/2 star for the heat level of 2 of our dishes, which were too high for my taste. I like the complex taste of spice in my food, but not to the point it makes it hard for me to taste anything else. I know authentic Thai is spicy, but I've had lots of Thai food in 15yrs of SF living and know it is possible to make it w/ less heat."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The dishes are wide ranging and well done. The service was great and made some great recommendations about how much to order. The price is definitely on the higher side but the execution was great and I think the ingredients were spot on."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I've never encountered a Thai menu like this. Examples: Fried duck egg salad, chili jam dressing, peanuts, shallots, mint cilantro; or how about curry mousse in a jar with mushrooms from Connie Green with crispy rice cakes. There were four of us sharing six or seven dishes and every one was exceptionally good. The waiter was prompt, friendly and helpful. The food is not very spicy. Only caveat: very loud music and bad acoustics make for a din."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food was truly exciting, yet still approachable (which works great for varied palettes). I particularly liked the buzz of the room (yet, could still carry on an easy conversation) and the seamlessness of the entire front of house staff!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I am dieting and had a hard time finding what looked like a lower calorie main course. It surprised me for a Thai restaurant. There were a lot of pork dishes. I did order a vegetable salad but it was so hot (spicy) that I couldn't eat it. My fellow diner finished it, so it didn't go to waste. Our waiter was very helpful and cautioned us away from a dish he thought would be too spicy for my fellow diner, but missed the vegetable salad as being spicy. I think my fellow diner would have been fine with both, since she had no trouble with my salad. Everything we had was delicious, just unusual and a little hard to pull together as a meal if you had some diet restrictions."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We should have been more attentive to what's not on the lunch menu! None of the really popular items that we really wanted to try are included so this meal was a disappointment. The room is totally hard surfaces so even tho the restaurant wasn't full, it was incredibly noisy for a lunch. Service was ok if superficial. Wanted to love it but was left rather unfulfilled..."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Authentic Thai meets locally sourced California bounty! Grilled Monterey bay squid was tender and complimented by a great sauce, Rabbit curry was melt in your mouth tender. Had no room for dessert but couldn't skip chef Pim's black rice pudding. Loved it! Scratch curries, fresh veggies, perfect sauces! We will be back to try everything!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The food is innovative and delicious! Definitely a creative take on Thai, at least the Thai we're used to in the US."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Pim has outdone herself. The food is incredible. The drinks are unique and perfect with the cuisine. We've gone twice and sampled everything on the (ever-changing) menu that we could. It was all excellent."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "thank god for a thai restaurant that doesn't serve pad thai! We've been looking for thai food that didn't serve the typical menu and everything we had was amazing. The only thing that I didn't love were the wings - but that is only because I don't like wet wings. I like 'em dry but they were still delicious. The shrimp and peanut dip was fantastic, fried quail amazing, riblets amazing and spicy!, sausage dish super yummy, squid!, chicken fat rice!. Can't wait to go back. Note that it is really on the corner of Mason and Ellis. If you try to enter through the hotel at all - it is hard to find the restaurant as there isn't much signage. So just enter through Mason and Ellis!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "http://www.theperfectspotsf.com/wp02/?s=kin+khao&x=0&y=0 The glowing restaurant review at the link above directed me to Kin Khao. It lived up to every word. I eat Thai food often and this was the best I've ever had. Truly special. The service was outstanding. I brought four out-of-town guests for dinner and everyone was extremely pleased with every aspect of our dining experience."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Great experience at Kin Khao... Food is fresh and delicious.. Service is knowledgeable and attentive without the formality... The vibe is youthful and stylish and fun... but the food is the reason I am recommending this restaurant. I have always looked askance at Thai food.. but not anymore! Get here... Eat here... Now."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Fabulous ambience, great food, fantastic staff! I would go back!!!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "This little restaurant is tucked in the corner of the Parc 55 Hotel. Don't let that deter you from trying out this great restaurant! We had the caramelized pork belly and yum yao (?) salad. Both were fantastic! The table next to us had the green beans and pork and noodles. I'm trying those dishes next time. The location makes this an easy restaurant for ACT events or while shopping around Union Square. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I hate to say it, but this was the worst tasting Thai food I've ever had. Too salty and too odd. Sent one item back, and got another that was just as bad. I'm not sure the chef tastes anything coming out of the kitchen. The service, on the other hand, was wonderful. And the cocktails were very good. Skip this place for one of the other much better San Francisco restaurants."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Service a little slow, food OK. Came to the scene with a buzz. Will go if I am in the area."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "But I wouldn't know. We had a lunch reservation on 5/29 made through open table. When we arrived the restaurant was closed. Turns out they are not open for lunch. Not sure how we were able to make a reservation. Needless to say we were disappointed. I will go back for dinner as I've heard great things. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Kin Khao was a pleasant experience from the waiter from Australia to the tapas that was very different than usual Thai/American places...the appetizer was killer, (love to have the recipe) shrimp and pork and peanut dip over rice crackers (tung something)...the ribs were spicy with a different spice flavor that was great, the curry was very rich and tasty..the dessert my birthday girl friend loved, I did not like the burnt flavor at all. I would definitely recommend this place and would return... the convenience to downtown Union Square is a plus."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "It's refreshing to have a new restaurant that doesn't offer your typical Thai standard food. The dishes felt more polished and a tiny bit more innovative. They were tasty and authentic. For example, one dish amped up the fish sauce. As for some critical points, the dishes are tiny and the environment seems cramp and tiny as well. Also the music was blaring which for me means they want to attract the hip young diners and, because it's tiny, shuffle them in and out. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "My only complaint is portions are small for the price. For the price being charged, the portions should be larger on the main courses."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "I absolutely loved the food and the service. Wished I had time to eat again."
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "This is food on a level way beyond what I, a very experienced cook and lover of good restaurants, have ever seen. Just brilliant! Pim makes all her own spice pastes and then the dishes themselves are extremely inventive --- the whole thing is amazing. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014